University of Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been released from the Greene County Jail, Springfield, MO.
According to the LA Times, police representative Anthony Cunis issued a brief statement with preliminary details about Green-Beckham’s arrest. Cunis stated that the two-time USA Today High School All-American was arrested on suspicion of possession, with the intent to distribute less than five grams of marijuana.
However, the University of Missouri’s Maneater student newspaper reported that a phone interview was conducted with Greene County Jail representative Cpl. Wilcox who offered a bit more clarity in reference to Green-Beckham’s release.
“(The release) probably means he wasn’t involved with what they thought he was involved in,” explained Wilcox during the phone interview on Saturday morning.
A detailed account of the arrest was also reported. The student newspaper stated that Green-Beckham was pulled over in a 1999 Jeep Cherokee. Green-Beckham was in the car with John W. McDaniel, 22, who was operating the vehicle, and Pat W. Prouty, 20.
The vehicle was initially pulled over due to expired tags. However, once officer approached the vehicle, the smell of marijuana prompted him to search the vehicle. The police report stated that approximately one pound of marijuana was found, along with other drug paraphernalia.
All three men were arrested and taken into custody at the Greene County Jail. The impending evidence has been sent off for laboratory testing. Early Saturday morning, they were released without bond. However, the nature of the release depends on the results of the investigation, as formal charges may still be filed.
A screenshot of Green-Beckham’s arrest information was also shared online early Saturday morning. Media journalist Mike Colombo of St. Louis’ KMOV News tweeted the screenshot.
Mizzou WR Dorial Green-Beckham arrested overnight in Springfield, MO on drug charges. He's been released from jail. pic.twitter.com/hnv0pBrble
— Mike Colombo (@Mike_Colombo) January 11, 2014
Hours after his release, Green-Beckham tweeted a response in regards to his arrest.
People judge before knowing what happen. Let's not judge me for what happen and don't saying anything to me to try to bring me down.
— Dorial Green-Beckham (@realdgb) January 12, 2014
In a text message to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Green-Beckham’s father also issued a brief statement on his son’s behalf.
“We feel very confident that the investigation will result in no charges against Dorial,” said John Beckham’s text message. “Dorial very much regrets being in this situation and our family looks forward to this being resolved.”
At 6’6, 225 pounds, Green-Beckham was ranked as the top collegiate football prospect when he signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Missouri. He was highly lauded for his national prep records, garnering an impressive 6,353 career receiving yards and a total of 75 touchdown catches during his time at Springfield Hillcrest High.
Image via Twitter | Dorial Green-Beckham